How are all my readers up in the Northeast doing? If you’re reading this right now, I’ll take that as a good sign.
I know there are strong opinions on whether the race should continue on or not. If we were not natives to the area, I would have deferred this year as well. However, this trip is a two-fold mission for us.
Almost all my friends and family in North Jersey and Long Island have been without power since Monday night and aren’t expected to get it back until this upcoming Monday. Some of them experienced some property damage from fallen trees, but their homes are still inhabitable. Most importantly no one was hurt. Everything else can be repaired or replaced.
My parents home is South Jersey survived the storm unscathed. They didn’t even lose power. It’s a foregone conclusion they’ve lost everything on Long Beach Island. No one can get on the island yet, but aerial photos show the entire area is completely devastated.
Right now were about halfway to our destination. We have food, gas cans, and a CHAINSAW to help out our families and neighbors when we arrive.
If this race is going to happen, then I will race my little heart out as planned, and do the best to help in any way I can.
New York will once again prove its resiliency.